Sergio Perez has explained why he feels he has an advantage when it comes to handling the pressure at Red Bull following the team's run of drivers who have struggled to adapt to the car.
The Mexican is starting the 2021 F1 season as Max Verstappen's fourth teammate in as many years, with his predecessors Pierre Gasly and Alexander Albon both unable to match the Dutchman's pace. This suggests that there is a level of pressure on any new driver entering the team, but Perez feels that his level of experience in comparison to previous drivers at the outfit means he can handle it better.
"It is quite a big [weapon], to be honest," Perez told select media including RacingNews365.com. "When things don't go well, pressure hits you harder than when you are experienced. When you've been through it before, it makes you focus on the right stuff.
"And technically, you have developed a lot of skills throughout your career."
Perez is clearly feeling positive about the opportunity he has been given at Red Bull, having predicted: "It's going to work out well."
Despite his level of experience, the former Racing Point driver admits that coming to a new team means there is a lot to learn, and this is something he sees as a positive.
"It's a new challenge, new people," Perez explained. "To me, it's new ways of working, new techniques. You open your mind a lot more when you do things differently. So that's a massive opportunity as a driver to grow."
Perez brings a wealth of experience with him to Red Bull, with 2021 set to be his 11th season in Formula 1. The Mexican competed for Sauber and McLaren before joining the then-called Force India team in 2014, where he remained until 2020. He made his final season with the squad one to remember though after securing his first-ever victory at the Sakhir Grand Prix.